2022-2023 Primary One Deferral Data

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Patricia Anderson

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

This is a Freedom of Information request which I am sending to all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Please could the Council provide:

1. The total number of requests received to date for a further year of early learning and childcare (nursery/ childminder etc) for children whose fifth birthdays fell/ will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2022 and 31st Dec 2022.

2. A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for

a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and

b) continued funding in council run settings and

c) continued funding for split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a council run setting.

3. In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in
a) private/voluntary settings and
b) council run settings and
c) split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a council run setting.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process) did the Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2021 and the date of your response to this FoI request?

7. How many parents/carers are currently financing a further year of nursery for their child's deferral year themselves in a council-run nursery after the Council refused to fund their request for this?

8a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2022 instead of Aug 2023 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2023)?

8b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

9a. How many requests did the Council receive for older children* to defer their primary one start till Aug 2023?

*(by "older children" I mean those who had already reached the age of five by the school commencement date in August 2022).

9b. How many older children* has the Council permitted to defer their primary one start till Aug 2023?

*(by "older children" I mean those who had already reached the age of five by the school commencement date in August 2022).

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/madam

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Working from home
Please contact via email

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Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Anderson

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e-mail of 25 October 2022 seeking information in
relation to primary 1 deferral data for 2022/23.

 

Having investigated, my response to your nine enquiries is as follows:-

 

(1)               113 applications.

 

(2)                

(a)               15.

 

(b)               95.

 

(c)                1.

 

(3)                

(a)               15 approved.

 

(b)               95 approved.

 

(c)                1 approved.

 

(4)               48.

 

(5)                

(a)               10 (all for children who turned 5 between 1 March 2022 – 16
August 2022).

 

(b)               3.

 

 

(6)               No complaints received.

 

(7)               None that the service are aware of it.

 

(8)                

(a)               4 applications.

 

(b)               1 application approved.

 

(9)                

(a)               12 applications.

 

(b)               5 approved.

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angelene Kirkpatrick

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

Working from home

Please contact via email

 

 

 

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of North Lanarkshire Council's handling of my FOI request '2022-2023 Primary One Deferral Data'.

Thank you for your response but please can you clarify why the total number provided in your answer to questions 1 (113) does not tally up with the totals provided in the related questions 2 and 3 (both of these add up to 111 not 113)?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms. Anderson

 

I acknowledge receipt of your email of 28 Novemeber requesting a FOI
Review.

 

You will be contacted again when the Council is in a position to respond
more fully to your request for Review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Democratic and Legal Services

Please contact by email

 

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Collette Crainie, North Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Ms. Anderson,

 

Please find attached the response to your FOI review request dated 28
November.

 

Kind regards,

 

Collette Crainie| Solicitor| Regulation and Governance| Legal and
Democratic Solutions| North Lanarkshire Council| Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB

Email: [email address]

 

Please note I am currently working from home.

 

Any information or advice contained in this email may be legally
privileged and must not be passed to a third party.

 

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